Joe Jencks

(Illinois)

Rescheduled for October 24, 2021
At the home of Joe and Bev Angel
Doors open: 2:30 PM, Concert begins: 3:00 PM
Folk Alliance Official House Concert

"In these times, we need the singers who will do the homework and tell the stories! Joe Jencks is among the fine next generation singers who are ready to carry on the tradition as well as look into the future." - Holly Near

"The key to the future is people joining in. The music of Joe Jencks captures this essential spirit. Joe is a fantastic singer who carries on the traditions." - Pete Seeger

"Jencks sings with a superb tenor voice, and picks flashy guitar… that doesn't obscure the beauty of his voice or the words of his well-crafted songs." - Sing Out! Magazine, Rich Warren Host of The Midnight Special WFMT FM, Chicago, IL

"Joe Jencks is the type of musician that will cause you to drop that morning newspaper or pull your car to the side of the road when you hear his songs. He is the type of artist that will turn heads in his direction when he walks onto a stage. His voice will instantly draw you into his passionate songs. He is the type of musician whose music will become part of you. His craft and artistry will remind you of the best efforts of Phil Ochs, Stan Rogers, and Woody Guthrie. The troubadour tradition is alive and well in the 21st century with the music of Joe Jencks." - Ron Olesko, WFDU "FM Teaneck, NJ

"I find that Joe embodies the spirit of Pete Seeger. In much the same way, Joe has his finger on the pulse of our grassroots social conscience, and passes it on for us to scrutinize. Every generation needs a voice for social justice and Joe Jencks is one of those very important voices." - Judy Matzen, Off the Square Concerts, Woodstock, IL

"...a singer-songwriter with a warm, smooth, powerful voice, and memorable finely crafted songs that have something to say. He moves freely between the worlds of contemporary acoustic pop and traditional folk, alternating and combining them into a rich and satisfying musical mosaic!" - Richard Middleton, Victory Music Review, Seattle WA

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Award-winning songwriter Joe Jencks has been here 3 times as part of Brother Sun but this is his first solo appearance.  He is a 20-year veteran of the international folk circuit and has enthralled audiences with his approachable style, blending well-crafted instrumentals with vivid songwriting and a baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel. Joe has performed at folk festivals such as Falcon Ridge and Kerrville and venues such as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.  Joe, as well as his albums and songs have charted #1 on the Folk-DJ charts.  His 2017 release, Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers spent several weeks at #1 on Sirius XM’s Americana Chart, and was the #1 CD on the Folk-DJ Chart for May, 2017 with 4 songs in the top 10.  Joe has released 9 solo albums and 3 albums with Brother Sun.

Warren and Marshall Hood